It's got serious problems, but it still manages to be a great car to drive
Blown head gasket.
Driver door trim fittings worn through trim (trim barely hanging on!)
Both driver and passenger side wind deflector "springs" (dodgy bent wires) have broken through wind deflector. (Abysmal design, was bound to happen eventually).
Clips that attach hose to steering fluid well both fitted badly so were loose, replaced one tightened the other.
Some led bars have gone on the clock!
Drivers side electric window failed.
The thing creaks quite alarmingly, and not just the dashboard either!
I'm not sure the ABS is actually working.
The fuse box was all to cock compared to the manual design, took me ages to figure out!
Great to drive even with it's faults, the car feels quite light and nippy when the revs are kept in the power band of 3000 to 6000. However it is quite sluggish in the lower revs.
Lovely roar from the engine at 3500+.
Economical for a petrol engine (I'm averaging 42 MPG) when driven carefully, but due to the severe lack of torque this equates to about 0 to 60 in 25 seconds!
It can do 0-60 in a much faster time than this, but lacks any real oomph at all and you are left feeling a little disapointed with the overall performance. I'm comparing this to my wife's 1.7 Puma (torque all over the place faster 0-30 and faster 30-60) and my previous cars (8 valve 1.2i Nova - faster at 0-40) and (knackered 8 valve Mk2 Golf 1.8 (not GTI) far far faster 0-40, but far slower 40-60)
High insurance bracket.
Little room in the back.
Small boot letter box opening.
Odd little design things going on here and there such at the door pillars having a lip on them, seems like Rover botched up problems rather than re-designing them.
Nice style touches such as the door foot plate and walnut dash (bubble dash).
Two tone blue looks great when cleaned up and sun is shining (so that's a never and hardly ever for me)
Overall it's a good car and looks great, far better looking than many new cars, and many newer coupe designs. The Rover is a true Coupe Sports IMO as it is quite small and low. (I hate these new business size Coupes ugh).
Fast round corners, but make sure you know the top speed as it can slide easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th April, 2006